On April 19, 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 386 allowing the use of medical marijuana in the state. The law creates a medical cannabis commission that will adopt the necessary regulations for the state’s Bureau of Public Health to issue marijuana patient identification cards beginning on July 1, 2019. The bureau also will inspect medical marijuana business, process applications, and issue business licenses to a limited number of growers and dispensaries.
Under the new law, registered patients who have one of 16 specified conditions may use medical marijuana after securing a “certification” from their physician. In order to recommend medical marijuana, a physician must be approved by the Bureau of Public Health. Currently, the acceptable conditions for medical marijuana use are: cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, sickle cell anemia, severe chronic or intractable pain and being terminally ill. Read more.